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dutch mining museum

Do you enjoy the beautiful view over the city of Heerlen? Did you know that the coal mines provided a lot of prosperity in the fifties of the twentieth century? Heerlen not only sold the most fur coats in all of the Netherlands, but it was also the place where cultures came together. The migrants from Germany, Poland, Yugoslavia, Spain, Italy and Morocco took their eating habits and dishes with them to the south of the Netherlands. You can still see this on many menus in various restaurants in the city.  



In the mine, the cow temples called eating a sandwich 'boetere'. The sandwich was wrapped in newspaper and often hung from the ceiling with string so that the mice could not touch it. The mice were real acrobats. If a cowbell didn't secure his sandwiches, there was a chance that a mouse would have 'penalized' for him. Miners took coffee, tea or other drinks with them in a 'blech' (a silver metal drinking cup). The size of the 'blech' depended on the amount of thirst a person had. If the drinking bottle was empty, then the cow was out of luck because there was no canteen or toilet. We will not talk about the toilet visit now. Would you still like to know more about this (and about all other mining-related topics)? Then pay a visit to the Dutch Mining Museum.


Address: Mijnmuseumpad 2, 6412 EX Heerlen. 

Contact: or 045-5713707.


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While you're here, check out these two new exhibitions right away.  


Nomadic Mountains

Since its inception, mankind has sought protection in the barren landscape. In an almost completely cultivated nature, De Refuge seems to be the last remnant of this. Artist and guest curator Jean Bernard Koeman (1964) presents in collaboration with SCHUNCK* and the  Dutch Mountain Film Festival put together a dizzying exhibition. The notion of De Refuge, the refuge in the wilderness, is central. They are structures, shelters or places of retreat. A documentary investigation into architecture above 1,848 meters enters into a dialogue with works of art that explore mental spaces of at least the same height.  

The exhibition is a wonderfully layered arrangement of visual art and architectural and text documents. A number of side events with cinema and a Robert Smithson walk are also organised. It shows the contemporary developments of the mountain hut, where people move the world while walking. It also examines the mental position of the artist and the museum within this; altitude poetics and building in silence. Can an art institution also be a Refuge?


01-07 to 02-12-2018

photo: werkstatt.jbk


Marieke Coppens makes a presentation based on the archive of the anonymous scientist. The scientist spent 60 years researching natural and unnatural geometric shapes. He recorded many of his scientific papers and recorded much visually, but he was never able to put the articles in writing before his sudden death in 1998. So the articles were never published. The scientist has made his life's work available to the visual arts. The descendants chose Marieke Coppens because for many years she lived in a sect with an unnatural geometric shape as a symbol: the heptagon. The only condition for using the archive was that the scientist remain anonymous, out of shame for not having the career he had hoped for. Marieke Coppens presents new work in MINE as a conclusion to her period as artist in residence at the SCHUNCK* Atelier.


01-07 to 02-12-2018  


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